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Introduction
Most engineering flows are turbulent.

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Unlike everything else we have discussed on this course, turbulence is essentially a random process. Therefore we cannot perfectly represent the effects of turbulence in the CFD simulation. Instead we need a Turbulence Model. The turbulence model is exactly that, a model. There is no one size fits all answer to turbulence modelling. You need to pick the most appropriate tool for your simulation simulation.

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Turbulent Flow Structures

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Although random, there are patterns to the motion as eddies dissipate

Small Structures
Injection of energy

Large Structures
Dissipation of energy

Large-scale eddies

Flux of energy

Dissipating eddies

Energy Cascade (after Richardson, 1922)


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Backward Facing Step

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As engineers, in most cases we do not actually need to see an exact snapshot of the velocity at a particular instant. Instead for most problems, knowing the time-averaged velocity (and intensity of the turbulent fluctuations) is all we need to know. This gives us a useful way to approach modelling turbulence.
Instantaneous velocity contours

Time-averaged velocity contours

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Is the Flow Turbulent?


External Flows
where along g a surface around an obstacle

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L = x, d, dh, etc.

Internal Flows

Other factors such as freestream turbulence, turbulence surface conditions, blowing, suction, and other disturbances etc. may cause transition to turbulence at lower Reynolds numbers

Natural Convection
where (Prandtl number)
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(Rayleigh number)

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Mean and Instantaneous Velocities

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If we recorded the velocity at a particular point in the real (turbulent) fluid flow, the instantaneous velocity (U) would look like this:
u Fluctuating velocity
V Velocity
U Time-average of velocity

U Instantaneous velocity

At any point in time: U = U + u The time average of the fluctuating velocity u must be zero: u = 0
2 BUT, the RMS of u is not necessarily zero: u 0

Note you will hear reference to the turbulence energy, k. This is the sum of
2 2 2 the 3 fluctuating velocity components: k = 0.5 u + v + w

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Approaches to Turbulence Modelling


Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS). Not In FLUENT

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It is technically possible to resolve every fluctuating motion in the flow. However the grid must be very fine, and the timestep very small. These demands increase with the Reynolds number number. The reality is that this is only a research tool for lower Reynolds-number flows restricted to supercomputer applications.

Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) - In FLUENT


This is the main tool used by engineers. Equations are solved for time-averaged flow behaviour and the magnitude of t rb lent fl turbulent fluctuations. ct ations

Large Eddy Simulation (LES) - In FLUENT


In terms of computational demand LES lies between DNS and RANS RANS. Like DNS, a 3D simulation is performed over many timesteps. However only the larger eddies are resolved. The grid can be coarser and timesteps larger than DNS because the smaller fl id motions fluid ti are represented t db by a sub-grid-scale b id l (SGS) model. d l
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RANS Equations and the Closure Problem


The time-averaging is defined as

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The instantaneous field is defined as the sum of the mean and the fluctuating component, such as

By averaging the Navier-Stokes equations, we obtain the Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations:
Reynolds stress tensor, Rij

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RANS Models

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RANS Models fall into one of two categories. The difference in these is how the uj term on the previous slide is calculated: Reynolds Stress ui Eddy viscosity models (EVM). (EVM) These assume the stress is proportional to the strain (strain being the gradients of velocity). The only new (unknown) quantity needed by EVMs is an effective turbulent viscosity t.
Eddy viscosity

Reynolds Stress Models (RSM): It is possible to derive a transport equation for the Reynolds Stress terms terms. The model is more complex, since there are more equations to solve Indeed there are further unknowns, which themselves require a model. However they y make the important p step p in allowing g the Reynolds y stresses to be anisotropic (the magnitude of u can vary in the different directions). In some flows this is of crucial importance.
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RANS Models - Eddy Viscosity

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Eddy viscosity is similar to molecular viscosity in its effect of diffusing momentum. Eddy viscosity is NOT a fluid property; it is a turbulent flow characteristic. Unlike an isothermal laminar flow in which viscosity is a constant which varies with position throughout the flow field EVMs are the most widely used turbulence models for CFD. Some known limitations of the eddy viscosity concept:
Isotropy assumption is built in; however, there are many flows in which the Reynolds stresses are highly anisotropic (flows with large streamline curvature curvature, impingement impingement, and highly swirling flows, etc.). Eddy viscosity models do not include dependence of the Reynolds stresses on the rate of rotation of the flow. The assumption that Reynolds stress scales with the strain-rate tensor of the mean velocity is not always valid.

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Turbulence Models Available in FLUENT


One-Equation Model Spalart-Allmaras T o Eq ation Models Two-Equation Standard k RNG k Realizable k Standard k SST k k 4-Equation v2f * Reynolds Stress Model kkl Transition Model SST Transition Model Detached Eddy Simulation Large Eddy Simulation
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RANS based models

Increase in Computational Cost Per Iteration

*A separate license is required


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RANS : EVM : Spalart-Allmaras (S-A) Model

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Spalart-Allmaras is a low-cost RANS model solving a transport equation for a modified eddy viscosity
When in modified form, the eddy viscosity is easy to resolve near the wall

M Mainly i l i intended t d df for aerodynamic/turbomachinery d i /t b hi applications li ti with ith mild ild separation, ti such as supersonic/transonic flows over airfoils, boundary-layer flows, etc. Embodies a relatively new class of one-equation models where it is not necessary to calculate a length scale related to the local shear layer thickness Designed specifically for aerospace applications involving wall-bounded flows
Has been shown to give good results for boundary layers subjected to adverse pressure gradients. Gaining popularity for turbomachinery applications.

Limitations:
No claim is made regarding its applicability to all types of complex engineering flows. Cannot be relied upon to predict the decay of homogeneous, isotropic turbulence.

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RANS : EVM : Standard k Model


Turbulence energy k has its own transport equation:

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This requires a dissipation rate, , which is entirely modeled phenomenologically (not derived) as follows:

Dimensionally, the dissipation rate is related to k and a turbulence length scale:

Together with the k equation, eddy viscosity can be expressed as:

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RANS : EVM :Standard k (SKE) Model [2]

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The Standard K-Epsilon model (SKE) is the most widely-used engineering turbulence model for industrial applications
Model parameters are calibrated by using data from a number of benchmark experiments such as pipe flow flow, flat plate plate, etc etc. Robust and reasonably accurate for a wide range of applications Contains submodels for compressibility, buoyancy, combustion, etc.

Known limitations of the SKE model:


Performs poorly for flows with larger pressure gradient, strong separation, high swirling component and large streamline curvature. Inaccurate prediction of the spreading rate of round jets. Production of k is excessive (unphysical) in regions with large strain rate (for example, near a stagnation point), resulting in very inaccurate model predictions. predictions

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RANS : EVM: RKE and RNG k Models


Realizable k (RKE) model (Shih):

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Dissipation rate () equation is derived from the mean-square vorticity fluctuation, which is fundamentally different from the SKE. Several realizability conditions are enforced for Reynolds stresses. Benefits:
Accurately predicts the spreading rate of both planar and round jets Also likely to provide superior performance compared with the standard k-epsilon model for flows involving rotation, boundary layers under strong adverse pressure gradients, separation, and recirculation

RNG k (RNG) model (Yakhot and Orszag):


Constants in the k equations are derived analytically using renormalization group theory, instead of empirically from benchmark experimental data. Dissipation rate equation is modified. Performs better than SKE for more complex shear flows, and flows with high strain rates, swirl, and separation

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RANS : EVM: Standard k and SST k


Standard k (SKW) model (Wilcox, 1998):

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Robust low-Reynolds-number (LRN) formulation down to the viscous sublayer. Several sub-models/options of k: compressibility effects, transitional flows and shear-flow corrections. Improved behavior under adverse pressure gradient. SKW is more sensitive to free-stream conditions. Most widely adopted in the aerospace and turbomachinery communities.

Shear Stress Transport p k ( (SSTKW) ) model ( (Menter) )


The SST k model uses a blending function to gradually transition from the standard k model near the wall to a high-Reynolds-number version of the k model in the outer portion of the boundary layer. Contains a modified turbulent viscosity formulation to account for the transport effects of the principal turbulent shear stress. SST model generally gives accurate prediction of the onset and the size of separation under adverse pressure gradient gradient.
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RANS : RSM: Reynolds Stress Model


Recall the limitations and weakness of eddy viscosity models:

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Linear algebraic stress-strain relationship results in poor performance where stress transport is important, including non-equilibrium flows, separating and reattaching tt hi fl flows, etc. t Inability to account for extra strain due to streamline curvature, rotation, and highly skewed flows, etc. Poor performance where turbulence is highly anisotropic (e.g., (e g in flows where normal stresses play an important role) and/or 3D effects are present.

Attempting to avoid these shortcomings shortcomings, transport equations for the six distinct Reynolds stress components are derived by averaging the products of velocity fluctuations and Navier-Stokes equations. A turbulent dissipation rate equation is also needed needed.
RSM is most suitable for highly anisotropic, three dimensional flows where EVMs perform poorly. The computational cost is higher. Currently RSMs do not always provide indisputably superior performance over EVMs.
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Turbulence near a Wall


Near to a wall, the velocity changes rapidly.
Velocity, U

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Distance from Wall, y

If we plot the same graph again, where:


Log scale axes are used The velocity is made dimensionless, from U/U The wall distance vector is made dimensionless ( )

Then we arrive at the graph on the next page. The shape of this is generally the same for all flows:
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The Universal Law of The Wall

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Inner layer

Outer layer

Viscous sublayer

Buffer layer or blending region

Upper limit of log law region depends on Reynolds number Fully turbulent region (log law region)

Since this profile is common to many flows, we can use it for a Wall Model The size of your grid cell nearest to the wall (value of y+) is very important. The value you need depends on the modelling approach chosen.
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Choice of Wall Modelling Strategy.

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In the near-wall region, the solution gradients are very high, but accurate calculations in the near-wall region are paramount to the success of the simulation. The choice is between: Resolving the Viscous Sublayer
First grid cell needs to be at about y+ = 1 Thi will This ill add dd significantly i ifi tl t to th the mesh h count t Use a low-Reynolds number turbulence model (like k-omega) Generally speaking, if the forces on the wall are key to your simulation (aerodynamic drag, g turbomachinery y blade p performance) ) this is the approach pp y you will take

Using a Wall Function


First grid cell needs to be 30 < y+ < 300 (Too low, and model is invalid. Too high and the wall is not properly resolved.) Use a wall function, and a high Re turbulence model (SKE, RKE, RNG) Generally speaking, this is the approach if you are more interested in the mixing in the middle of the domain, rather than the forces on the wall.

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Example in predicting near-wall cell size

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During the pre-processing stage, you will need to know a suitable size for the first layer of grid cells (inflation layer) so that Y+ is in the desired range. The actual flow-field will not be known until you have computed the solution (and indeed it is sometimes unavoidable to have to go back and remesh your model on account of the computed Y+ values). To reduce the risk of needing to remesh, you may want to try and predict the cell size by performing a hand calculation at the start. For example:
The question is what height (y) should the first row of grid cells be. We will use SWF, and are aiming for Y+ 50

Air at 20 m/s

= 1.225 kg/m3 5 kg/ms = 1.8x10 1 8 10-5 k /

Flat plate, 1m long

For a flat plate, Reynolds number ( Rel =

VL )

gives Rel = 1.4x106

(Recall from earlier slide, flow over a surface is turbulent when ReL > 5x105)
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Example in predicting near-wall cell size [2]


0.2 C f = 0.058 Rel

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A literature search suggests a formula for the skin friction on a plate1 thus:
Cf =0.0034

Use U thi this value l t to predict di t th the wall ll shear h stress t w 2 w = 0.83 kg/ms2 w = 1 C f U
2

From w compute the velocity U U = 0.82 m/s U = w Rearranging R i th the equation ti shown h previously i l f for y+ gives i af formula l f for th the first cell height, y, in terms of U
y+ y= U

y=9x10 y 9x10-4 m

We know we are aiming for y+ of 50, hence: our first cell height y should be approximately 1 mm.
1

0.25 An equivalent formula for internal flows, based on the pipe-diameter Reynolds number is C f = 0.079 Re d

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Other options for Wall Modelling


Enhanced Wall Treatment Option (GUI)
Combines a blended law-of-the wall and a two-layer zonal model. Suitable for low low-Re Re flows or flows with complex near-wall phenomena. Generally requires a fine near-wall mesh capable of resolving the viscous sublayer (y+ < 5, and a minimum i i of f 10 1015 15 cells ll across the th inner i layer(viscous sublayer, buffer and log-law layers)

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Scalable Wall Functions (TUI)


In practice, many users often fail to maintain 30 < y+ < 300 Iteration by iteration, the first cell may change from being either inside / or outside of the viscous sublayer, which can lead to instabilities. Scalable wall functions can be accessed by a TUI command
/define/models/viscous/near wall /define/models/viscous/near-walltreatment/scalable-wall-functions

inner layer

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Summary on Near-Wall Treatment

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Wall Functions are still the most affordable boundary treatment for many industrial CFD applications Standard wall functions work well with simple shear flows, and non-equilibrium wall f function ti improves i the th results lt f for fl flows with ith stronger t pressure gradient di t and d separation Enhanced wall treatment is used for more complex flows where log law may not apply (for example, non-equilibrium wall shear layers or the bulk Reynolds number is low)

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Inlet Boundary Conditions

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When turbulent flow enters a domain at inlets or outlets (backflow), boundary conditions for k, , and/or ui' u 'j must be specified, depending on which turbulence model has been selected Four methods for directly or indirectly specifying turbulence parameters:
1) ) Explicitly p y input p k, , , , or Reynolds y stress components p ( (this is the only y method that allows for profile definition)
Note by default, the FLUENT GUI enters k=1 m/s and =1m/s. These values MUST be changed, they are unlikely to be correct for your simulation.

2) Turbulence intensity and length scale


Length scale is related to size of large eddies that contain most of energy
For boundary layer flows: l 0.4 0 499 For flows downstream of grid: l opening size

3) Turbulence intensity and hydraulic diameter (primarily for internal flows) ) Turbulence intensity y and viscosity y ratio (p (primarily y for external flows) ) 4)

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Example #1 Turbulent Flow Past a Blunt Flat Plate

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Turbulent flow past a blunt flat plate was simulated using four different turbulence models.
8,700 cell quad mesh, graded near leading edge and reattachment location. Non-equilibrium boundary layer treatment

U0

xR

ReD = 50,000
D

Recirculation zone

Reattachment point p

N. Djilali and I. S. Gartshore (1991), Turbulent Flow Around a Bluff Rectangular Plate, Part I: Experimental Investigation, JFE, Vol. 113, pp. 5159.
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Example #1 Turbulent Flow Past a Blunt Flat Plate

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Contours of Turbulent Kinetic Energy (m2/s2)


0 70 0.70 0.63 0.56 0.49 0.42 0 35 0.35 0.28 0.21 0.14 0.07 0 00 0.00

Standard k k

RNG k k

Realizable k

Reynolds Stress S

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Example #1 Turbulent Flow Past a Blunt Flat Plate

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Predicted separation bubble:

Standard k k (SKE)

Skin Friction Coefficient Cf 1000

Realizable k (RKE)
Distance Along Plate, x / D

SKE severely underpredicts the size of the separation bubble, while RKE predicts the size exactly.

Experimentally observed reattachment point is at x / D = 4.7

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Example #2 Turbulent Flow in a Cyclone


40,000-cell hexahedral mesh
0.1 m

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High-order order upwind scheme was used. High Computed using SKE, RNG, RKE and RSM (second moment closure) models with the standard wall functions Represents highly swirling flows (Wmax = 1.8 Uin)
0.97 m

0 12 m 0.12

Uin = 20 m/s 0.2 m

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Example #2 Turbulent Flow in a Cyclone

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Tangential velocity profile predictions at 0.41 m below the vortex finder

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Model Spalart Allmaras Standard k RNG k Realizable k Standard k Description

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A single transport equation model solving directly for a modified turbulent viscosity. Designed specifically for aerospace applications involving wall-bounded flows on a fine near-wall mesh. FLUENTs implementation allows the use of coarser meshes. Option to include strain rate in k production term improves predictions of vortical flows. The baseline two-transport-equation model solving for k and . This is the default k model. Coefficients are empirically derived; valid for fully turbulent flows only. Options to account for viscous heating, g buoyancy, y y and compressibility p y are shared with other k models. A variant of the standard k model. Equations and coefficients are analytically derived. Significant changes in the equation improves the ability to model highly strained flows. Additional options aid in predicting swirling and low Reynolds number flows. A variant of the standard k model. Its realizability stems from changes that allow certain mathematical constraints to be obeyed which ultimately improves the performance of this model. A two-transport-equation model solving for k and , the specific dissipation rate ( / k) based on Wilcox (1998). This is the default k model. Demonstrates superior performance for wall-bounded and low Reynolds number flows. Shows potential for predicting transition. Options account for transitional, free shear, and compressible flows. A variant of the standard k model. Combines the original Wilcox model for use near walls and the standard k model away from walls using a blending function. Also limits turbulent viscosity to guarantee that T ~ k. The transition and shearing options are borrowed from standard k. No option to include compressibility. Reynolds R ld stresses t are solved l d di directly tl using i t transport t equations, ti avoiding idi i isotropic t i viscosity i it assumption of other models. Use for highly swirling flows. Quadratic pressure-strain option improves performance for many basic shear flows.
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SST k

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RANS Models Behavior Summary


Model Spalart Allmaras Standard k RNG k Realizable k Standard k Behavior and Usage

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Economical for large meshes. Performs poorly for 3D flows, free shear flows, flows with strong separation. Suitable for mildly complex (quasi-2D) external/internal flows and boundary layer flows under pressure gradient (e.g. airfoils, wings, airplane fuselages, missiles, ship hulls). Robust. Widely used despite the known limitations of the model. Performs poorly for complex flows involving severe pressure gradient, separation, strong streamline curvature. Suitable for initial iterations, initial screening g of alternative designs, g and p parametric studies. Suitable for complex shear flows involving rapid strain, moderate swirl, vortices, and locally transitional flows (e.g. boundary layer separation, massive separation, and vortex shedding behind bluff bodies, stall in wide-angle diffusers, room ventilation). Offers largely the same benefits and has similar applications as RNG. Possibly more accurate and easier to converge than RNG. Superior performance for wall-bounded boundary layer, free shear, and low Reynolds number flows. Suitable for complex boundary layer flows under adverse pressure gradient and separation (external aerodynamics and turbomachinery). Can be used for transitional flows (though tends to predict early transition). Separation is typically predicted to be excessive and early. Offers similar benefits as standard k. Dependency on wall distance makes this less suitable for free shear flows. Physically the most sound RANS model. Avoids isotropic eddy viscosity assumption. More CPU time and memory required required. Tougher to converge due to close coupling of equations equations. Suitable for complex 3D flows with strong streamline curvature, strong swirl/rotation (e.g. curved duct, rotating flow passages, swirl combustors with very large inlet swirl, cyclones).
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SST k Reynolds Stress

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Summary Turbulence Modeling Guidelines


Successful turbulence modeling requires engineering judgment of:
Flow physics Computer resources available Project P j t requirements i t
Accuracy Turnaround time

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Choice of Near-wall treatment

Modeling procedure
1. Calculate characteristic Reynolds number and determine whether flow is turbulent. 2. If the flow is in the transition (from laminar to turbulent) range, consider the use of one of f the th turbulence t b l transition t iti models d l (not ( t covered d in i thi this t training). i i ) 3. Estimate wall-adjacent cell centroid y+ before generating the mesh. 4. Prepare your mesh to use wall functions except for low-Re flows and/or flows with complex p near-wall p physics y ( (non-equilibrium q boundary y layers). y ) 5. Begin with RKE (realizable k-) and change to S-A, RNG, SKW, SST or v2f if needed. Check the tables on previous slides as a guide for your choice. 6. Use RSM for highly swirling, 3-D, rotating flows. 7 Remember 7. R b that th t there th is i no single, i l superior i turbulence t b l model d l for f all ll flows! fl !

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Appendix Additional Notes on Turbulence Modelling

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Characteristics of Turbulence

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Inherently unsteady, three dimensional and aperiodic swirling motions (fluctuations) resulting in enhancement of mixing, heat transfer and shear. Instantaneous fluctuations are random (unpredictable) both in space and in time. But statistical averaging of turbulence fluctuations results in accountable transport mechanisms Wide range of length scales (vortices or eddies) exist in all turbulent flows (from very small to very large). Very sensitive to (or dependent on) initial conditions.

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Reynolds Number Effects


Re < 5 5-15 < Re < 40

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Creeping flow (no separation) A pair of stable vortices in the wake L i Laminar vortex t street t t

40 < Re < 150

150 < Re < 3105

Laminar boundary layer up to the separation point, turbulent wake Boundary y layer y transition to turbulent Turbulent vortex street, but the separation is narrower than the laminar case
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310 3 105 < Re R <3 3.510 5 106

R >3 Re 3.510 5 106


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Reynolds Stress Tensor

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Rij is a symmetric symmetric, second second-order order tensor; it comes from averaging the convective acceleration term in the momentum equation R Reynolds ld stress t th thus provides id th the averaged d effect ff t of ft turbulent b l t( (randomly d l fluctuating) convection, which is highly diffusive Reynolds stress tensor in the RANS equations represents a combination of mixing due to turbulent fluctuation and smoothing by averaging.

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Eddy Viscosity Models

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Dimensional analysis indicates that eddy viscosity can be determined if we have the necessary scales (velocity, length, etc.)

For example, example given the turbulence velocity scale and length scale scale, or velocity scale and time scale, eddy viscosity is determined and the RANS equations are closed These scales can only be prescribed for very simple flows (like fully-developed turbulent pipe flow or Couette flow).

For g general applications, we need to derive transport equations ( (PDEs) ) of the chosen scales in order to compute eddy viscosity Turbulent kinetic energy k (per unit mass) provides useful physical insight into the EVMs
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The k Equation

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Turbulence kinetic energy k equation is used to determine the turbulence velocity scale:

Pk where Pk is the rate of production and is the dissipation rate. P Production d ti actually t ll refers f t to the th rate t at t which hi h ki kinetic ti energy i is t transferred f d from the mean flow to the turbulent fluctuations (remember the energy cascade). Pk is the turbulent stress times mean strain rate, so physically it is the rate of work sustained by the mean flow on turbulent eddies Obviously Pk needs to be modeled due to the presence of Rij in the term

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The k Equation

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The dissipation rate refers to the viscous dissipation of kinetic energy into internal energy:

Physically turbulence kinetic energy k is produced due to the mean flow gradients, and is dissipated by viscous effects. Imbalance between the production and the dissipation will cause k either to grow or to decay The last term in the k equation is a diffusion term. It is modeled by a gradient diffusion assumption or Reynolds analogy (hence the use of a turbulent Prandtl number in the diffusion term) )

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Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS)

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In DNS, the 3D unsteady Navier-Stokes equations are solved numerically by resolving all scales (both in space and in time) For simple geometries and at modest Reynolds numbers numbers, DNS has been done successfully. For example, for a simple turbulent channel flow between two plates: Re = 800, N = (Re)9/4 = 10,000,000 (cells), t = 10-5 sec. DNS is equivalent to a numerical wind tunnel for conducting more fundamental turbulence research For practical engineering purposes, purposes DNS is not only too costly costly, but also the details of the simulation are usually not required. Two general engineering approaches to modeling turbulence: Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) and Reynolds Averaging Navier-Stokes (RANS) models

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Turbulent Heat Transfer

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The Reynolds averaging of the energy equation produces a closure term and we call it the turbulent (or eddy) heat flux:
Analogous to the closure of Reynolds stress, a turbulent thermal diffusivity is assumed: Turbulent thermal diffusivity

Turbulent diffusivity is obtained from eddy viscosity via a turbulent Prandtl number (modifiable by the users) based on the Reynolds analogy:

Similar treatment is applicable to other turbulent scalar transport equations

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The Spalart-Allmaras Turbulence Model

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A low-cost RANS model solving an equation for the modified eddy viscosity,

Eddy viscosity is obtained from

The Th variation i ti of f

very near the th wall ll is i easier i to t resolve l than th k and d .

Mainly intended for aerodynamic/turbomachinery applications with mild separation, such as supersonic/transonic flows over airfoils, boundarylayer flows, etc.

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RANS Models Standard k (SKE) Model


Transport equations for k and

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SKE is the most widely-used engineering turbulence model for industrial applications. Robust and reasonably accurate; it has many submodels for compressibility, buoyancy, and combustion, etc. Performs poorly for flows with strong separation, large streamline curvature, and high pressure gradient

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RANS Models k Models

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Specific dissipation rate, t

Belongs to the general 2-equation EVM family. ANSYS FLUENT supports the standard k model by Wilcox (1998) and Menters SST k model (1994). k models have gained popularity for the following reasons:
Can be integrated to the wall without using any damping functions Accurate A t and d robust b t for f a wide id range of f boundary b d l layer fl flows with ith pressure gradient di t

Most widely adopted in the aerospace and turbo-machinery communities. Several sub-models/options of k: compressibility effects, transitional flows and shear flow corrections. shear-flow corrections

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Menters SST k Model Background


Many people, including Menter (1994), have noted that:

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The k model has many good attributes and performs much better than k models for boundary layer flows Wilcox original k model is overly sensitive to the free stream value of , while the k model is not prone to such problem Most two-equation models, including k models, over-predict turbulent stresses in the wake (velocity (velocity-defect) defect) regions, regions which leads to poor performance in predicting boundary layers under adverse pressure gradient and separated flows The basic idea of SST k k is to combine SKW in the near near-wall wall region with SKE in the outer region

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Menters SST k Model Main Components


The SST k model consists of

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Zonal (blended) k / k equations (to address item 1 and 2 in the previous slide) Clipping of turbulent viscosity so that turbulent stress stay within what is dictated by the structural similarity constant (Bradshaw, 1967) - addresses the overprediction problem

Outer layer (wake and outward) Inner layer (sub-layer, log-layer)

k model transformed from standard k model Modified Wilcox k model Wall

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Menters SST k Model Blended equations


The resulting blended equations are:

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Blended law of f the th wall ll

Wall
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Reynolds Stress Model (RSM)

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Modeling required for these terms

Stress production Turbulent diffusion

Dissipation Pressure strain

Attempts to address the deficiencies of the EVM. RSM is the most physically sound model: anisotropy, history effects and transport of Reynolds stresses are directly accounted for for. RSM requires substantially more modeling for the governing equations (the pressure-strain is most critical and difficult one among them). But RSM is more costly and difficult to converge than the 2 2-equation equation models. Most suitable for complex 3-D flows with strong streamline curvature, swirl and rotation. rotation
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The Wall-Adjacent Cell Size Estimation

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For a flat plate, a good power-law correlation for turbulent skin-friction coefficient is

The distance from the wall to the centroid of the first fluid cell (y) can be estimated by choosing the desired y+ with the estimated bulk Reynolds number for the wall shear layer:
(Bulk Reynolds number)

For F duct d t flow, fl one can similarly i il l estimate ti t y as follows: f ll

(Hydraulic diameter)
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Standard Wall Functions


Standard Wall Functions

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Momentum boundary condition based on Launder-Spaulding law-of-the-wall:

Similar wall functions apply for energy and species. Additional formulas account for k, , and . Less reliable when flow departs from conditions assumed in their derivation.
Severe pressure gradient or highly non-equilibrium near-wall flows, high transpiration or body forces, low Re or highly 3D flows

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Standard Wall Functions


Energy

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Species

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Enhanced Wall Treatment


Enhanced wall functions
Momentum boundary condition based on a blended law of the wall.

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Similar blended wall functions apply for energy, species, and . Kaders form for blending allows for incorporation of additional physics.
Pressure g gradient effects Thermal (including compressibility) effects

Two-layer zonal model


A blended two-layer model is used to determine near-wall field.
Domain is divided into viscosity-affected (near-wall) region and turbulent core region.
Based on the wall-distance-based turbulent Reynolds number: Zoning is dynamic and solution adaptive

High Re turbulence model used in outer layer Simple turbulence model used in inner layer

Solutions for and T in each region are blended:

The Enhanced Wall Treatment option is available for the k and RSM models (EWT is the sole treatment for Spalart Allmaras and k models)
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Two-Layer Zonal Model


The two regions are demarcated on a cell-by-cell basis:
Turbulent core region (where Rey > 200) Viscosity affected region (where Rey < 200) y is the distance to the nearest wall. Zoning is dynamic and solution adaptive.
Wall

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Wall

Viscosityaffected region

Wall

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Large Eddy Simulation (LES)

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Instantaneous component

Resolved Scale

Subgrid Scale

Filter,
Filtered N-S equation

(Subgrid scale Turbulent stress)

Spectrum of turbulent eddies in the Navier-Stokes equations is filtered:


The filter is a function of grid size Eddies smaller than the grid size are removed and modeled by a subgrid scale (SGS) model model. Larger eddies are directly solved numerically by the filtered transient NS equation
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Large Eddy Simulation


Large Eddy Simulation (LES)

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LES has been most successful for high-end applications where the RANS models fail to meet the needs. For example:
Combustion Mixing External Aerodynamics (flows around bluff bodies)

Implementations in FLUENT:
Subgrid scale (SGS) turbulent models:
Smagorinsky-Lilly model Wall-Adapting Local Eddy-Viscosity (WALE) y Smagorinsky-Lilly g y y model Dynamic Dynamic Kinetic Energy Transport

Detached eddy simulation (DES) model


Choice of RANS in DES includes S-A, RKE, or SST

LES i is compatible tibl with ith all ll combustion b ti models d l i in FLUENT Basic statistical tools are available: Time averaged and RMS values of solution variables, built-in fast Fourier transform (FFT). Before running LES, LES consult guidelines in the Best Best Practices For LES LES (containing advice for meshing, subgrid model, numerics, BCs, and more)
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Stochastic Inlet Velocity BC

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It is often important to specify realistic turbulent inflow velocity BC for accurate prediction of the downstream flow:

Instantaneous component

Timeaveraged

Coherent + random

Different types of inlet boundary conditions for LES


No perturbations Turbulent fluctuations are not present at the inlet. Vortex method Turbulence is mimicked by using the velocity field induced by many quasi-random point-vortices on the inlet surface. The vortex method uses turbulence quantities as input values (similar to those used for RANSbased models). Spectral synthesizer
Able to synthesize anisotropic, inhomogeneous turbulence from RANS results (k, k, and RSM fields).

Can be used for RANS/LES zonal hybrid approach.


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Initial Velocity Field for LES/DES

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Initial condition for velocity field does not affect statistically stationary solutions However, starting LES with a realistic turbulent velocity field can substantially shorten the simulation time to get to statistically stationary state The spectral synthesizer can be used to superimpose turbulent velocity on top p of the mean velocity y field
Uses steady-state RANS (k, k, RSM, etc.) solutions as inputs to the spectral synthesizer Accessible via a TUI command /solve/initialize/init-instantaneous-vel

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v2f Turbulence Model

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A model developed by Paul Durbins group at Stanford University.


Durbin suggests that the wall-normal fluctuations are responsible for the near-wall damping of the eddy viscosity Requires two additional transport equations: one for and one fo a relaxation function f to be solved together with k and . Eddy viscosity model is instead of

v2f shows promising results for many 3D, low Re, boundary layer flows. For example, improved predictions for heat transfer in jet impingement and separated flows, where k models behave poorly But v2f is still an eddy viscosity model, thus the same limitations still apply v2f is an embedded add-on functionality in FLUENT which requires a separate license from Cascade Technologies (www.turbulentflow.com)

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